While there are many reasons by people are moving by the thousands to places like California, Florida, and Hawaii, one of the lesser known things that these people look forward to as they plan for moving day, and the time their moving companies will show up to move their things, is how life will look with palm trees involved. Not every state in the country can boast the existence of palm trees, nor can all palm tree containing states actually say they have all the different kinds of palms, but seeing as how many people see these trees as indicative of paradise, it’s no wonder why so many people are seeking out the most beautiful types when they choose their new residence. Whether you are moving to one of these places because of a job, or simply for a change of scenery, having the nearby palms can actually help reduce stress and make you feel as if you went on vacation.
But with so many different kinds of palm trees out there, is there one that is more beautiful than the rest of them? Is there a state which houses the best palm trees in the country? Like many other aspects of moving to another state, finding the ‘best’ can be relative. That’s why knowing the different kinds of palms that are out there can help you discover which ones appeal to your eye the best. And even if you end up moving to a place where there are no palm trees in your yard, choosing the state where your favorite variety thrives can have a profound effect on your overall outlook.
Types of Palm Trees
Many people simply don’t realize that there really are a few different kinds of palm trees out there, each with their own unique image. Here are a few of the most common, along with some of their traits, which allows you to get an idea of the tree so that you can form your own opinion on which is most beautiful.
The Florida Royal Palm
In Florida, the royal palm tree thrives on the humidity and sunlight offered by the equatorial zones in both this state as well as the nearby island of Cuba, some areas of Central America, and the northern part of the Caribbean islands. You can often find this tree in the southern parts of Florida lining streets or used for other decorative purposes. Though considered, at one time, a separate species from its cousins in Cuba, scientists have now discovered that they are, indeed, one and the same.
There are a few different uses for the tall palm tree, which is straight and free of branches except for at the very top. The tree’s outer husk is used as a source of thatch, while the wood itself can be used as construction timber. It’s also known as a medicinal plant whose fruit is eaten by birds and bats and spread across the landscape where seeds germinate and new trees are grown. The palms of this tree have also held significance in the Roman Catholic holiday Palm Sunday.
The California Fan Palm
Known as the largest palm tree native to the continental United States, the fan palm that you’ll find in California is unlike any you’ll see in the tropical south. Acclimated to living in the desert regions of the country, this palm tree can survive in some rough conditions and grow in some interesting locations such as desert seeps and bajadas, as well as near places where underground springs make water available for its consumption. This tree can grow to be fifty-nine feet tall with six foot fronds that have thin thread fibers between each of the segments.
Most of the uses of these palms have been traced back to the Native American populations that lived in the western part of the country long ago. The fruit was a versatile commodity, which could be eaten as is, cooked, or ground up into a flour. The fronds of the tree could be used in a variety of different ways as well, for making homes or baskets to carry things. Today, however, this tree is mainly an ornament used to make areas look beautiful.
Native Hawaiian Palm Trees
Unlike the palm trees located in Florida and California, the one species of palm that is native to Hawaii is actually not nearly as widespread as conservationists would prefer. Listed on the Federal endangered species list, the Pritchardia Affinis is a small, bush-like palm tree whose original cultivation has been traced back to native Hawaiian people. It’s declining numbers have been linked to the known extinction of the Ula-ai-hawane bird that used to grace very specific locations only within the Hawaiian islands. With the tree only existing on the leeward side of only the island of Hawai’i, conservationists are trying to breed more of these palms to make up for their severely lacking numbers.
So, the Most Beautiful?
As you can see, there are numerous choices when it comes to choosing the palm trees that you like the best. Each region of the country is known for their own versions, and each species thrives in differing conditions. Regardless of which area you might be moving to, having a palm in your yard, or close by, can make you really feel like you’re perpetually on vacation, even if the move is due to work. But remember, beauty, as far as palm trees go, is in the eye of the beholder, so take a look around your new home and discover the paradise that awaits you.
In the end, moving for palm trees might not be something anyone actually does, but it makes sense to check out what the scenery in your new location will be. You can’t find palm trees just anywhere though, and relocating to a place where you can take a picture in front of one will serve as a great way to brag about your new home and show the world that you’ve really made it.